Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 14th August 2017

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Ard Ollamh na Fleadh Award

Aughaloughan native and son of Vera and the late Jim Donlon, Padraig Donlon will receive the Ard Ollamh na Fleadh or High professor award at this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann gala dinner this week.

This award is one of the highest accolades that one can receive from within Comhaltas Ceoltóirí na hÉireann and it is an award so richly deserved by Padraig.

Padraig from a family steeped in Irish music showed from a very early age his displayed his   prowess and great love for Irish music and was winning awards from a very early age. Padraig grew up in a home where his mother Vera, late father Jim and sisters Teresa and Nuala were all accomplished musicians and he was surrounded by the wonderful talented musicians that were in the Rathcline and Cashel parish area at the time. Sessions were held throughout both parishes and the skills learned and developed served him well for all those years since the days of his youth.

Down through the years Padraig has won a host of All-Ireland medals in many aspects of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Padraig moved to Dundalk many years ago and the mention of his name to Louth people always brought glowing responses as to the excellent work he was doing with and for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

This recognition is nothing less than Padraig deserves and we would like to congratulate him and his wife and four children, his mother Vera, his sisters Teresa and Nuala on this fabulous honour. I am sure that the many locals that played with Padraig during the many sessions locally are also basking in the success of this very accomplished man.

Dublin Fringe Festival

Luke Casserley eldest son of Con and Yvonne Casserley, Clonfower will debut his efficacy84 to the renowned Smock Alley Theatre Dublin from 20th to 23rd September during the Dublin Fringe Festival. Luke’s show will preview on Wednesday 20th at 7pm.

Efficacy84 will deconstruct the controversial events surrounding the Kerry babies case of the 1980’s. The work will last for 55minutes and for Luke this is a break into the big time and propelling Luke to a huge audience in this his professional artistic debut.

Luke has spent a number of years with the Backstage Theatre in Longford in the youth theatre where he was able to avail of the intricacies of theatre.

This is a fabulous achievement for Luke and we would like to wish him every success in his debut and we look forward to him featuring at bigger and greater profile events as his career flourishes into the future

Monster Festival Outstanding Success

The firing of a flare on Friday evening 4th August signified that after 25 years of waiting the Lough Ree Monster was on its way back to Lanesboro following its quarter of a century absence. It was indeed a wonderful sight to see the Monster emerge through the ‘cut’ and making its way towards the bridge accompanied by the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club. There was a huge crowd along the banks of the Shannon to welcome the Monster back. The arrival brought with it a wonderful excitement for the weekend ahead and the weekend did not disappoint.

The music throughout the weekend David Kiernan, Cliona Hagan and her band, Painted Skies, Natty Wailer, Katie Gallagher, Mike Denver and his band, Reprisal and IE/DC did not disappoint and created wonderful vibes throughout. The kiddies were royally entertained with their disco in the barn on Friday and again on Sunday where James Flaherty had fun and games all afternoon. All in all, the entertainment was there to suit everyone throughout the weekend.

Sunday night was farewell to the Monster as it was time to depart and return to Lough Ree for another year. For those watching along the banks of the Shannon saw that the Monster was reluctant to leave and headed toward shore a number of times before finally succumbing to the call of the lake. The firework display was a fitting send off to the Monster and the huge crowd were treated to a great firework show sending off our Monster. The firing of a flare was the final sign that the Lough Ree Monster had finally reached its resting place and was safely home in the waters of Lough Ree.

Lest we forget John Kenny’s play ‘The Lough Ree Monster’ which started the week off in a very unique and excellent way – it was a marvellous occasion with the successful coming together of the Newtowncashel Drama group and locals volunteering to play a part in the play. Videos of the play are for sale in O’Brien’s at a cost of just €15.

There were many groups and individuals that contributed greatly to the success of the Lough Ree Monster Festival and their work will be acknowledged. It was a fabulous community event for our community and all those that came to join us throughout the weekend.

This was a weekend that will be long remembered and it goes to show following last year’s Taste of the Lakelands International Food Festival the two International fishing festivals and now the Lough Ree Monster Festival and play that our community has a lot to offer. The organisers have shown that our community can and will bring many big and successful events to the area and long may they all thrive.

40-year Reunion

Lanesboro Convent of Mercy – Leaving Cert class 1977 will celebrate their 40-year reunion
Almost everyone from the class has been contacted and the reunion will take place on 30th September. It is very important that all girls interested in attending this celebration on Saturday night 30th September in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon book their place by 1st September 2017 at the very latest. Booking can be made by emailing lanesborolc1977@yahoo.com  or text/phone Bridie at 087 2218484 or Geraldine 087 2224048.

All-Ireland Final

The disappointment of Bank Holiday Monday for Roscommon was short lived following the wonderful success of the Roscommon U17 team when they beat a highly fancied Kerry team in the inaugural All-Ireland U17 semi-final in Ennis on Saturday last.

They will now take now take on Tyrone on Sunday week 27th August in Croke Park, the same day as the Tyrone Dublin football semi-final.

Our community and most particularly the Curraghroe and St. Faithleach’s club have a reason to be proud as Micheál O’Donnell played a leading role in securing a final place for Roscommon. Micheál is son of Gerry and Helen O’Donnell, Curraghroe and we congratulate them on a fabulous family, parish and county achievement. Micheál is a student at Lanesboro Community College.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 3rd September. The bus will leave Lanesboro at 10.30am and it will cost €18 return. The ceremonies will commence at 2.30pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Mass will be celebrated at 3pm.

Much sought after Tickets

Over the past week or so we have been hearing of the scarcity of tickets and huge money been sought for tickets for the Dublin V Tyrone game on Sunday week. Now the demand has gotten even greater with the Roscommon U17 team playing Tyrone in their All-Ireland Final that same day.

You have a chance of being in Croke Park in Premium Level seats for these games for just €2.

Rathcline GAA are currently selling tickets for their draw next weekend and the prizes are 1) 2 Premium Level tickets for the Kerry V Mayo All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday next, 2) 2 Premium level tickets for the Roscommon V Tyrone and Dublin V Tyrone games, 3) €100.

Tickets are on sale from club members, locally or in O’Brien’s shop and the draw will take place on Saturday night next at 10pm in Adie’s.

Captain’s Day

The Lough Ree Golfing Society will visit Highfield Golf Course in Carbury, Co. Kildare on Wednesday 23rd August. Highfield is a real gem tucked away in the rolling hills of north Kildare.

This is Captain Jackie Mc Donnell’s day and the Society is asking that all members to come out and support Jackie. The tee is booked from 11.30. New members and supporters on the day are very welcome.

Wedding

Many congratulations to Kevin Nolan son of Paddy and Ann, Mahoraveen and Sarah Shedwell daughter of Michael and Phyllis, The Demesne, Longford whose wedding took place on Friday 21st July at Mount Druid, Co. Westmeath. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Good Luck

Good luck to Niall Farrell, Derrygowna on the opening of his new solicitor’s office on Main street, Ballymahon (beside Bank of Ireland) recently. Niall is son of P and Helen Farrell. Helen is formerly Helen Gill from the Rathcline Road.

Engagement

Many congratulations to Stephen Donohoe son of Martin and Fiona, Rathcline Road and Sarah Mannion, daughter of Peter and Olivia Mannion, Legan who announced their engagement recently.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Martina and Lewis Hanly and family, Lehery on the death recently of Martina’s mother Mrs. Mary Halligan, Balloor, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

50/50

Monday night last 31st July the 50/50 took place in the Clarke’s Bar. The winning pool amounted to €385 and the winners was Cathal Mc Loughlin, son of our local butcher Terry Mc Loughlin.

On Monday night 7th August, the 50/50 draw took place in Adie’s bar. The winning pool amounted to €342 and the lucky winner was Nicole Dalton.

The club would like to congratulate Cathal and Nicole on their wins and thank them for their support and we would like to thank everyone that continues to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive

Cemetery Sundays in Cashel

The annual blessing of the graves will take place in Saints Island on Sunday next 20th August and the following week in Cashel Cemetery on Sunday 27th August with Mass in both cemeteries at 12noon.

Music School

Windsong Music School are now enrolling for September with lessons available in Piano, Singing, Harp, Violin, and Cello. The lessons are suitable for beginners to post graduates. For further information, you should contact Edel 087 364 9005

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto on Tuesday 1st August were: 3, 6, 14 and 15. There was no winner of the jackpot of €7,900.  The winner of the €50 prize was Peter Mullooly c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Eileen Killeen, Tuam, Martha Farrell, Yacht bar, and Geraldine Monaghan c/o Market.

On Tuesday 8th August, the numbers drawn were 1, 4, 13 and 29. Again there was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot pool rises to €8,000. The winner of the €50 prize was Johnny Hanley, Corrigeen, and the three €20 prizes went to Carmel and Ethna c/o O’Brien’s, Betty Murphy, Gortgallon and Eileen Mullen c/o Xlntee.

Parking in and around the Church

Once again, I have been asked to write about the parking in the vicinity of St. Mary’s Church at Mass times. There should be parking from the top of the Church View Road down past Ferguson’s gate only on one side of the road, this is to allow large vehicles and emergency vehicles access up and down the road.

On the Green, there should be parking on only one side of the road and there should be no parking blocking pathways down to the road. There are a number of people in the area in the vicinity to the church that need to have the footpath access cleared and it is very important that all parking is done to allow easy access and exit to and from the Green.

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday week 27th August with the bus leaving Ballyleague hall at 7am. The bus fare is €10 and the Lough Derg Island contribution €40. For further enquiries, you should phone Mary at 043-33 21969

Rathcline GAA

Championship

On Sunday last our Intermediate team eased their way into the semi-final of the Intermediate championship with a comprehensive victory over Legan. On Saturday 2nd September, they will now take on Ardagh/Moydow for a place in the final. Well done lads and we now look forward to the semi.

Congratulations and Good Luck

The club would like to congratulate Micheál O’Donnell, St. Faithleach’s and the Roscommon U17 team on reaching the All-Ireland U17 final. The club wishes him well in the final.

All-Ireland semi-final draw

Over the past week or so we have been hearing of the scarcity of tickets and huge money been sought for tickets for the Dublin V Tyrone game on Sunday week. Now the demand has gotten even greater with the Roscommon U17 team playing Tyrone in their All-Ireland Final that same day.

You have a chance of being in Croke Park in Premium Level seats for these games for just €2.

Rathcline GAA are currently selling tickets for their draw next weekend and the prizes are 1) 2 Premium Level tickets for the Kerry V Mayo All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday next, 2) 2 Premium level tickets for the Roscommon V Tyrone and Dublin V Tyrone games, 3) €100.

Tickets are on sale from club members locally or in O’Brien’s shop and the draw will take place on Saturday night next at 10pm in Adie’s.

50/50

Monday night last 31st July the 50/50 took place in the Clarke’s Bar. The winning pool amounted to €385 and the winners was Cathal Mc Loughlin, son of our local butcher Terry Mc Loughlin.

On Monday night 7th August, the 50/50 draw took place in Adie’s bar. The winning pool amounted to €342 and the lucky winner was Nicole Dalton.

The club would like to congratulate Cathal and Nicole on their wins and thank them for their support and we would like to thank everyone that continues to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive

 

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